Grown-up mac and cheese.

I wasn't planning on posting this pasta dish. It's kind of plain and simple and boring, and after plopping a couple of big scoops into my bowl, I decided it didn't look too attractive, either.

And then I took a bite. And I just felt good all over. And all I wanted to do was inhale the entire serving and then go back for seconds. But I stopped myself long enough to take a few pictures, because food that makes me this happy must be shared with the masses.

cheesy pasta: comfort in a bowl.

This dish pretty much sums up my cooking style, especially when I'm just cooking for myself. Nothing fancy or impressive -- just a comforting, filling meal thrown together with whatever is starting to go bad in my fridge.

I chopped up broccoli florets, sugar snap peas, a little bit of onion, and threw them in a pan with olive oil, butter, and garlic. I tossed the veggies with a few handfuls of halved grape tomatoes that were starting to go wrinkly, along with about half a can of drained tuna. Mixed it all together with cooked elbow macaroni, spooned the mixture into a bowl, and stirred in shredded Parmesan and mozzarella cheese.

The result was kind of like a grown-up mac and cheese. The tuna added a rich, salty bite. The veggies made me feel like I was eating healthy. The heaps of gooey, melted cheese told me otherwise. I scarfed down one big bowlful, and then another. And then I went to DSW and bought a pair of black Pumas and a big purse that I don't really need.

Yeah, it was a good night.


  1. Gasp! Sigh... I never liked Kraft mac and cheese and it really put me off mac and cheese for a while but I'm pretty sure I could sink my teeth into your version!

  2. su-lin - you should make some! it's so easy and satisfying. i had the leftovers for lunch today. :)

  3. I know what you's just elemental comfort food.

  4. joie de vivre - yes. the best kind, really.


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